The colours I spoke about in my last blog post triggered me to think about the way I use colour in my work and the 'building' of layers of paint in blocks. Each layer does it's job to determine different tones, textures and visual attributes to the piece as a whole. I took a bit of time out to take these building blocks apart and give the colours 'names'. Writing - even just these one or two word colour names - gives me a conscious and deliberate working process rather than a mindless application of paint to paper. I've often seen other artists on social media such as Instagram use the #DoItForTheProcess hashtag and I love that: little things like spending time prepping work or making palettes; the change of pace is nice. It helps me to remain motivated and gives my studio time a greater sense of purpose.
They also just look pretty on the wall...
Back to my trials - I've been working on a few that have been frustrating me recently... It's hard to know when to stop and deem a piece 'finished', especially in the medium of paint. However, overworking isn't too much of an issue at this stage as I'm still piecing my ideas together and not being too precious with my outcomes before I progress to start a larger piece of work.
The building up of 2D blocks of colour to form 3D-esque architectural shapes is a new element to my most recent couple of trials. Before, the blocks formed were simply face-on shapes seen of the buildings around Falmouth but now I'm working to find ways to try to make the shapes more figurative and representative of actual architecture as opposed to just representing the idea of it.